Bethesda | MD
Set in the scenic, established Kenwood Park community in Bethesda, with a good mix of older homes, new construction and some in between, this West Coast-inspired contemporary home offers open, elegant living throughout the 6,200+ square feet on three finished levels. From hardwood and porcelain floors, and the gleaming stainless-steel upscale appliances and granite-topped bathroom vanities, to the endless glass expanses for glorious views of the Kenwood Country Club golf course — this home has all the luxurious bells & whistles one could ever want!
The newly-built home features five bedrooms (including three suites) and 5.5 baths, and a fantastic main level that boasts 10- and 19-foot ceilings and an open floor plan with literally no walls. The bright & airy spaces flow effortlessly from one living area into the next, with large windows in nearly every room for great views of the golf course and great outdoors — ideal for entertaining and relaxation.
Stucco and stacked stones grace the home’s facade, while multi-leveled steps with wrought-iron railing lead up to the covered porch.
Double mahogany doors open into into a large foyer with a soaring 19-foot ceiling, a double-door coat closet and dark-stained hardwood floors that extend throughout the main and upper-level levels. From here, one can see every room on this level thanks to the open floor plan with no walls!
The spaces are awash in natural light, starting with the living room to the foyer’s left featuring a pair of front windows and another pair looking out to the side. Crown molding, recessed lights and modern, brass-tone light fixtures are featured here and throughout the home.
The dining room has a stunning brass-tone chandelier, matching the brass-tone handles on the custom cabinetry in the attached gourmet kitchen. A huge, Carrera marble-topped center island and stainless-steel Viking Professional appliances outfit the kitchen that’s any chef’s dream with the six-burner gas stove and ovens. The backsplash is also marble, and the pair of chandeliers hanging over the island also have brass accents. A pantry, a dumb-waiter and a large over-the-sink window complete the fabulous kitchen.
The two-story great room lives up to its name with a soaring, floor-to-ceiling stacked stone fireplace, flanked by windows in addition to a trio of windows near the top of the 19-foot ceiling. A retractable chandelier overhead makes a grand statement, while sliding glass doors access a step-down patio that opens to the fenced backyard with stone walls. The golf course is just steps away!
A main-level bedroom suite, or home office, offers a double side window plus a pair of rear windows with golf course views. A lighted ceiling fan, recessed lights and a double-door closet are also featured, as is an en-suite bathroom with a granite-top vanity, glass-enclosed shower and a front window. Large porcelain tiles line the floor and shower surround.
A powder room with a marble-top vanity completes the expansive main level.
Stairs off the foyer lead up to the second floor, where the three-sided landing area offers great overlooks of the open lower level. Four bedrooms, three full baths and the laundry room are up here.
Double doors open into the sumptuous owner’s suite, starting with a sitting room with two windows and recessed lights. A two-sided, remote-controlled electric fireplace here also faces the bedroom, which has recessed lights, a large side window plus a picture window for unobstructed views of the golf course. A huge walk-in closet with built-ins & a front window is part of the fantastic owner’s bath, which also boasts a stand-alone soaking tub with windows above, an oversized marble-top vanity with a pair of vessel bowls, a glass-enclosed shower with beautiful waterjet tile work, and a private toilet room. The floor tiles are marble-like porcelain.
Bedroom 2 is a junior suite complete with a ceiling fan, recessed lights, a triple front window and an attached bath with a granite-top vanity and enclosed shower with custom tile work.
Bedrooms 3 & 4 have generous windows and closets, lighted ceiling fans and recessed lights, and share a Jack-and-Jill bath featuring an oversized double vanity with granite top, an enclosed shower, a side window, linen closet and porcelain tiles.
The laundry room has tile flooring, a sink and washer/dryer hookups — rounding out the bedroom level.
Wood-like tiles line the basement, finished with lots of open spaces that include an extensive wet bar with cabinets, marble-top counters and a wine cooler. A large entertainment room would make a great home theater, while a bonus room is ideal for crafts/ hobby, or exercise room. There’s a double window, and recessed lights throughout the open level that also offers a fifth full bath, which has a custom vanity and enclosed shower.
Storage space and access to the attached, two-car garage are also down here. The oversized garage has plenty of additional storage space including a separate storage room.
ABOUT THE BUILDER
Meet Artin Safarian…
His Goal: To develop communities, one home at a time!
Artin Safarian remembers the years growing up in Eastern Europe where, during family gatherings and parties, people had to split up in different rooms, usually in the kitchen where it’s already cramped. So, when he became a real estate developer decades later, he makes certain there’s plenty of open, flowing spaces for everyone in one room.
That’s the concept in Artin’s architectural designs for his residential real estate company, ARMEDAS, so named for his four children.
ARMEDAS, LLC is one of the newest players in the D.C., Maryland & Virginia real estate landscape, having started four years ago and already has quite a few projects in its portfolio. Included are single-family homes in the various communities throughout the region, including Clifton, McLean and Great Falls in Virgina, and Bethesda, Maryland. The newest construction, at 5856 Marbury Road, Bethesda, is about to hit the market! Tour Marbury and you can see for yourself the beautifully-appointed, open & airy spaces with West Coast influences.
Those West Coast influences were inspired by his years living in Northridge, CA, from where Artin & his family moved to Virginia after the 1994 earthquake. With a mechanical engineering background and hands-on experience in HVAC & refrigeration systems, Artin started a medical design and commercial construction company in Sterling, VA. While there, he started building residential houses and in 2018, established ARMEDAS. Artin says he likes to design homes “out of the norm,” unlike the colonials and other standard floor plans found in East Coast communities.
“I like an open floor plan,” says Artin. If it’s up to him, he’d move into his newly-built project on Marbury Road, with high-end materials, quality construction, and spaces that flow from one room into the next. “I build homes that I would live in.”
His home in Sterling reflects that philosophy: Luxury, open, quality. With an Eastern European background, “we do a lot of gatherings, get-togethers,” Artin says. “My floor plan is wide open, even the dining room in my personal home can fit 50 people. We have a 50-foot dining table. I like people to be able to connect… without any walls.”
Artin hopes to expand his vision into Montgomery County. Marbury Road is his fourth home in Bethesda, where the real estate landscape “matches what I like to do for houses… I don’t like building small houses. I like to be able to put 50 people in one room.”
ARMEDA’s portfolio also includes luxury, energy-efficient townhomes, with some currently under construction in Alexandria. A longer-term project is in Reston, where the company recently purchased a mixed-use, multi-level property that Artin plans to develop residential condos on the top floors, with retail on the street level. He anticipates Reston up and going in five years. Furthermore, he recently acquired property in Washington, D.C. and plans are under way to develop 16 units of townhouses near the Navy Yard area.
“The goal is to develop communities. That’s why we build the townhouses and the multi-use (spaces),” says Artin, who moved to the U.S. in the late 1980s while in third grade, growing up in California until the Northridge earthquake.
ARMEDA, LLC is the residential division, or subsidiary, of Sterling-based Arminco Inc., a provider of design, construction, project management, and equipment sales & service for dental, medical and veterinary facilities. Arminco was also founded by Artin, in 1996. ARMEDA focuses on the delivery of energy-efficient, luxury homes built and priced on value.
Bethesda is located just northwest of the U.S. Capitol of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda. The National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, as are a number of corporate and government headquarters. In 2014, it placed first on both Forbes’ list of America’s most educated small towns and Time’s list of top-earning towns. Bethesda is situated along a major thoroughfare that was originally the route of an ancient Native American trail. Henry Fleet, an English fur trader in the 1600’s, was the first European to travel to the area, which he reached by sailing up the Potomac River. Most early settlers in Maryland were tenant farmers who paid their rent in tobacco. The extractive nature of tobacco farming meant that colonists continued to push farther north in search of fertile land, and in 1694 Henry Darnall surveyed a 710-acre area that became the first land grant in present-day Bethesda.
Throughout most of the 19th century, Bethesda never developed beyond a small crossroads village, consisting of a post office, a blacksmith shop, a church and school, and a few houses and stores. It was not until the installation of a streetcar line in 1890 and the beginnings of suburbanization in the early 1900s that Bethesda began to grow in population. Subdivisions began to appear on old farmland, becoming the neighborhoods of Drummond, Woodmont, Edgemoor, and Battery Park. Further north, several wealthy men made Rockville Pike famous for its mansions. World War II and the expansion of government that it created, further fed the rapid expansion of Bethesda. Both the National Naval Medical Center (1940–42) and the NIH complex (1948) were built just to the north of the developing downtown. This, in turn, drew further government contractors, medical professionals, and other businesses to the area. This recent growth has been significantly vigorous following the expansion of Metrorail with a station in Bethesda in 1984.
Washington Metro’s Red Line services two primary locations in Bethesda: the downtown area at the Bethesda, and the area near the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed Medical Center at the Medical Center Washington Metro stations. The Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line, a light-rail rail currently under construction, will provide a direct connection from Bethesda to Silver Spring, the University of Maryland, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will allow riders from Bethesda to move between the Red, Green, and Orange lines of the Washington Metro transportation system, as well as to MARC and Amtrak trains, without needing to ride into central Washington, D.C.